Bill Germanakos was one of 18 contestants and fourth season winner of the NBC hit reality weight loss show "The Biggest Loser", which through a process of re-educating its` contestants about diet and exercise, offers severely overweight participants the opportunity to undergo radical physical makeovers and change their lives. Bill`s mantra on the show was "To become half the man, so that he could be twice the man", and standing a 5`8", Bill went from weighing in at 334 lbs to 170 lbs, losing a total of 164 lbs or 49.1% of his starting body weight. The twin brother of Jim, who was also cast on the show, Bill is 45 years old, from Lynbrook, New York.
At the age of 40 during a consultation with his physician, Bill, who has been married to wife Stephanie for 19 years and has three children, ages 17, 14 and 11, was informed that he was not only classified as morbidly obese, but had seriously high blood pressure and several health factors including high cholesterol, which put him at risk for heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and a myriad of other diseases and conditions. These diagnoses, along with several other compelling factors such as the recent death of a close family friend and the fact that his father had died young, was motivation enough for Bill to decide to make important and necessary changes in his life, as it pertained to his diet and exercise habits.
Half the Man, Twice the Man
The Story Behind the Biggest Loser
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